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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), is a very popular politician from West Virginia. He rose to the US Senate by being more of an Independent than a full-fledged Democrat. However, since arriving in Washington DC in 2010, Manchin has become more of a main-line Democrat and no longer represents many of the values held by West Virginians, especially those values concerning Second Amendment rights, says Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV). Jenkins has announced he will challenge Manchin for his Senate seat and considering West Virginia voted for Donald Trump, he stands a chance of unseating the Democrat.

West Virginia Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins announced Monday he will challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) next year.

Manchin is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the country, and represents a state easily won by President Trump in last year’s election.

The former governor is also one of the best-known politicians in his state, however, and he has worked carefully to cultivate an independent image. 

That’s an image Jenkins will look to attack; on Monday, he argued that Manchin had “changed” since coming to Washington in 2010… 

Hopefully, Jenkins can win his challenge and gain one more Senate seat from the Democrats. Currently, Republicans hold a narrow 52-46-2 majority. The 2 Independents tend to vote Democrat in most matters. Now if only 7 more Republicans could win seats held by Democrats, the GOP could take full control of the government without worrying about Democrat interference.

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